First there was the drill from 8 in the morning until 6 in the night as a result of renovations. You would think that the obvious solution would be to house guests in parts of the hotel relatively unaffected by the noise, but I felt like a giant rat was trying to knaw its way into the room. Not good when you come home in the middle of the day feeling sick and need to lie down.
Second, the expenses, lots of little ones. $5 to wash one shirt. Hideously expensive pots of tea (the cheapest one being about $30). Prices well over any Australian hotel. $1-2 to print a single sheet of paper in the so-called 'business center'
Few facilities for a hotel that claims to be five stars. No gym, no swimming pool. A disappointment since I was looking forward to getting some exercise in smoggy Beijing.
Finally, the internet. Very expensive. Quite slow. Shocking security - our emails got hacked for the first time when we were at the hotel and someone started sending spam out from our addresses (and our passwords were not something like '1,2,3,4,5'.
Do yourself a favour and avoid this place. Lucky the conference paid for our rooms (one day equal to a month's rent in a decent Beijing apartment).
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